ADVICE & CARE
Choosing a puppy that’s right for you
You might have your heart set on a certain breed of dog, but it’s possible that this breed will not suit the way you live. For example, working dogs need lots of mental stimulation and exercise, whereas a Pomeranian needs lots of affection and interaction.
Like us, dogs are social creatures and need to be part of a pack or family, however large or small. They have specific needs relating to exercise, grooming, training, and general health. Will you be able to provide a good life for your new family member?
Here’s some questions to help you figure it out. Once you have thought about your answers, Our Vet™ can advise which breed will be right for you.
How much time each day do you have to devote to the animal, including grooming, exercise and play?
The enjoyment of having a pet is priceless, but it is important to remember there is an ongoing financial cost in being a good pet parent. Have you researched the costs involved in having a dog, including registration, vaccination, vet bills, food, grooming and boarding?
Do you have adequate space and fencing for the dog you’re considering, including undercover or indoor areas your dog could access all hours?
Family Health and Safety
No breed of dog is truly hypoallergenic – do you or any member of your household have an allergy to dogs?
Some dogs are more tolerant than others – will children be coming into contact with the dog?
How physically active are you?
What do you want from your dog, e.g. jogging companion, snuggling partner, protector?